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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • KEEP CLEAN WPA POSTER, 1939

Smart's Bog: 1911

Smart's Bog: 1911

September 1911. Cranberry pickers at Smart's Bog near South Carver, Mass. "Annette Roy, the youngest worker. Said 7 years old. Picked last year. Lives at 171 Orange Street, Fall River. Also Napoleon Ruel, 53 Hopkins Street. Said 9 years old." View full size. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

You can leave your hat on ...

as Randy Newman (and many other singers) sings unforgettably.

cranberry pickers

We lose sight of the fact that before WWII, this was indeed, a very poor country. Agra workers labored for a pittance (the farmers as well as the migrants) and in many cases, worked themselves to death. I'm new to this site. Is Lewis Wickes Hines the same artist that was the Empire State Building "official" photographer?

 
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